Thursday, 21 November 2019

RIOT IN THE CITY

Sunday Evening we shall be looking at the riot in Ephesus from Acts 19v21-41. Over the centuries there have been several riots in Bristol. The worst seems to have been in 1831. Follow the link to read an interesting short booklet about this.


Or for a briefer version:


This riot was about who can vote. But why does Christianity sometimes result in riots? Is the message we preach something that should concern you? Hope to see you on Sunday evening at 6:30pm. Stay afterwards and talk further with us about this over coffee or tea.  

Thursday, 31 October 2019

HOME GROUPS - THE PLEASURES OF GOD

Owing to the disruption due to the current building works we have decided to have a series of midweek Home Groups over the next few weeks. 

The book we shall be using is:


'THE PLEASURES OF GOD - Meditations on God's Delight in Being God' - 2013 revised edition by JOHN PIPER published by Christian Focus under the MENTOR label.

We shall be ordering on the 11th November. Please add your name to the list at church or contact me directly. 

Desiring God make available free copies as a pdf file of a Leaders Guide and a Student Workbook. These can be found at:


You can also listen to the original sermons on which the book is based at:



Wednesday, 17 July 2019

WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?

AN EXCELLENT OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN OUR FAMILY HISTORY

Who do you think you are? In his retirement my Dad research his own family history. Maybe you or a relative has looked into yours. What do you know about OUR family history - the Christian family history - God's family history? 

The Bible recounts our family history from Adam through to near the end of the fist Century. What an exciting story it is. Read the book of Esther and see how nearly it all came to a premature end. What do you know after the book of Revelation? 

Ligonier Ministries founded by the late R C Sproul is currently showing a video series by Robert Godfrey on the first 500 years of Church History. Each one lasts for around 24 minutes. A new episode comes out every Saturday and is repeated on Sundays. (There are others shown by different speakers on different topics on the other days of the week.) The first episode came out on the 1st June 2019.  They seem to keep the last four months episodes available. Click where it says playing and a list of episodes drops down.

They are highly recommended. A great way to learn our family history.

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

PRAYING THE PSALMS

Martin Luther's Barber once asked him how to pray. Luther responded by writing a short work that today fills only 11 A4 pages. It is well worth a look and may give you some ideas on praying. It can be found by clicking on this link.

Saturday, 13 January 2018

JANUARY HOME GROUPS CORE CHRISTIANITY CHAPTER TEN

CORE CHRISTIANITY CHAPTER TEN

1. Can you give any examples of how your view of other people has changed since you became a Christian?

2. What would you do if you knew that Jesus was going to return tomorrow?

3. Can you think of any ways in which your life became more complicated when you became a Christian?

4. In what ways have non-believers been a blessing to you in the past year?

5. Discuss his teaching on finding God's will for your life on pages 166/167. What aspects do you find helpful? Are there any that you think differently about to him?

6. Which chapter in the book have you enjoyed the most and which have you learned the most from?




Friday, 17 November 2017

NOVEMBER HOME GROUPS CORE CHRISTIANITY CHAPTER NINE

CORE CHRISTIANITY CHAPTER NINE


1. Why do we find it difficult to talk about death and to prepare for death?

2. What can we say to someone who tells you about a person who died and went to heaven and then came back?

3. "This world is not my home, I'm just a passing through." Is this right or wrong? Explain your answer.

4. Are things getting better or worse as we approach the end of the age?

5. Are you looking forward to the return of the Lord? What might hinder a Christian from praying, "Come Lord Jesus"? What do you expect to happen when he does return?





Friday, 13 October 2017

OCTOBER HOME GROUPS 'CORE CHRISTIANITY' CHAPTER 8

JESUS IS LORD


1. Is the UK racist? What about Bristol? Philip Street Chapel? Are YOU racist? Could we be so in a measure but not be aware of it? 

2. 'Jesus is Lord' - in what ways does the subject of this chapter help us address racism? 

3. "Jesus is not a supporting actor in our life movie." (Page 134) How do you keep yourself from living as though he is?

4. "The blessings of God's redemption will surpass the effects of the curse and the destructive power of human sins." (Page 138) In what ways will this be so?

5. "Yet Christ is building his kingdom, and he isn't utilizing the means that the world uses to build." (Page 139) The Reformation was ahead of the world in using the latest technology of the printing press. George Whitefield placed advertisements in American Newspapers telling them that he was coming to preach. Mike Horton has a radio programme. What are the means we should not use? What means may we not be using that we can do so?